Chun-Li (春麗 or チュンリー Shunrei or Chunrī?, Simplified Chinese: 春丽) is the main female protagonist of the Street Fighter series, originally debuting in Street Fighter II. The first female fighter in the series, she is an expert martial artist and Interpol officer who relentlessly seeks revenge for the death of her father at the hands of M. Bison.
Chun-Li’s name is Mandarin for “spring beauty” (春 chūn, “spring”; 麗 lì, “beautiful”). It is properly romanized as Chunli in pinyin and pronounced “Chuen-lee”, despite westerners commonly pronouncing it as “Chuhn-lee”. The Japanese on’yomi rendering of the name is Shunrei.
Older official sources from the early 90’s indicate Chung was Chun-Li’s surname, although it is worth noting this could very well not be the case anymore. In the live-action Street Fighter movie, Chun-Li was given the surname Zang/Xiang, but Capcom has not officially recognized it. Several Japanese drama CDs and novels created based on the series have given her surname as both “Feng” (楓?) and “Wang” (王?), though these are also not officially recognized by Capcom.
Chun-Li’s appearance has differed several times in the Street Fighter series, as well as in official art and cameos she has made in other works. She is known for her very muscular thighs.
Chun-Li is the original fast character in the Street Fighter series, utilizing multiple rapid attacks rather than the slow damaging strikes of larger characters like Zangief. Her agile and swift movements are a favorite amongst game-players. It is interesting to note that in the early days of arcade fighting games, many other female characters played in a similarly speedy style, following the example set by Chun-Li. In previous games (mainly Street Fighter II) she was basically a charge character along with Guile and E. Honda but her style was changed in later games to give her a more technical feel as well as her trademark “speed” granted to the player.
Much of her basic moves involved brute force mixed with agility for a mixed fighting style in many cases, while also focusing on Chun-Li’s thigh-build giving her various types of kicking attacks. However, as the games progressed as of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Chun-Li’s animations began to deviate from her original ones, and she adopts a more graceful approach to her martial arts (with some versions of her crouching stance instead making assume a lotus position of sorts).
Another notable trait of Chun-Li’s was her various unique attacks that often varied from iteration to iteration, with only a few iconic ones being consistent in her arsenal.
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